English Synonyms and Antonyms
In the highest sense, to revere or reverence is to hold in mingled love and honor with something of sacred fear, as for that which while lovely is sublimely exalted and brings upon us by contrast a sense of our unworthiness or inferiority; to revere is a wholly spiritual act; to reverence is often, tho not necessarily, to give outward expression to the reverential feeling; we revere or reverence the divine majesty. Revere is a stronger word than reverence or venerate. To venerate is to hold in exalted honor without fear, and is applied to objects less removed from ourselves than those we revere, being said especially of aged persons, of places or objects having sacred associations, and of abstractions; we venerate an aged pastor, the dust of heroes or martyrs, lofty virtue or self-sacrifice, or some great cause, as that of civil or religious liberty; we do not venerate God, but revere or reverence him. We adore with a humble yet free outflowing of soul. Compare VENERATION.
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fear, reverence, awe, venerationnoun
a feeling of profound respect for someone or something
"the fear of God"; "the Chinese reverence for the dead"; "the French treat food with gentle reverence"; "his respect for the law bordered on veneration"
a reverent mental attitude
an act showing respect (especially a bow or curtsy)
reverence, fear, revere, venerateverb
regard with feelings of respect and reverence; consider hallowed or exalted or be in awe of
"Fear God as your father"; "We venerate genius"
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A religion old or new, that stressed the magnificence of the universe as revealed by modern science, might be able to draw forth reserves of reverence and awe hardly tapped by the conventional faiths.
Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legislative powers of government reach actions only, and not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should 'make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,' thus building a wall of separation between Church and State.
Self-reverence, self knowledge, self-control. These three alone lead life to sovereign power.
Among all men on the earth bards have a share of honor and reverence, because the muse has taught them songs and loves the race of bards.
Commerce has set the mark of selfishness, the signet of its all-enslaving power, upon a shining ore, and called it gold: before whose image bow the vulgar great, the vainly rich, the miserable proud, the mob of peasants, nobles, priests, and kings, and with blind feelings reverence the power that grinds them to the dust of misery.
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- urramacht, urraimIrish
- יִראַת כָּבוֹדHebrew
- deferência, reverênciaPortuguese
- благоговение, преподобие, почитаниеRussian
- strahopoštovanje, страхопоштовањеSerbo-Croatian
- sự tôn kínhVietnamese
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